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The 20th Day of February, A.I. 2391— A. D. 1861. 


Ordered to be read in all Chapters and 







#ratrt> Chapter of Canaba, 


At the Fourth Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of 
Royal Arch Masons of Canada, held at the Masonic Hall, in 
the town of Belleville, on the third Wednesday, the 20th day 
of February, A. L. 5861, A. D. 1861, — 


R. E. Comp. Thomas Duggan, as Grand Z. 
" Samuel D. Fowler, as " H. 
" Alfred A. Campbell, " J. 
on the Throne. 

" Thomas B. Harris, Grand Scribe E. 



Edwin Heathfield, 


" N. 


John Wonnacott, as 


Principal Sojourner. 


L. H. Henderson, as 




Thomas J. Angel, 




Donald Moodie, as 


1st Assistant Sojourner 


William H. Ponton, 




Manuel Northrup, as 


Sword Bearer. 


David Curtis, as 


Director of Ceremonies. 


George S. Graham, as 




C. J. Starling, as 




Geo. J. Gillespie, ) 
Jas. A. Preston, j 




James Geen, 




R. E. Comp. John C. Franck, Central District. 
" Thomas Duggan, Hamilton " 


R. E. Comp. William B. Simpson, Central District. 


A constitutional number of Chapters being represented, the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada was opened in 
§M form. 

The Grand Scribes E. and N. having examined the Register, 
reported the following Representatives and Proxies of regularly- 
Warranted Chapters, also, the Representatives and Proxies of 
Chapters under Dispensation, present, and recommend that they 
be admitted and take part in the proceedings of Grand Chapter : — 


R. E. Comp. Samuel D. Fowler, P.G.H., P.Z. 

" George F. La Serre, Z. 

" E. H. Parker, J. 

" « " W. B. Simpson, P. G. Sup't. 


R. E. Comp. Thomas Duggan, P.G.H., P.Z. 
No. 3. st. John's, london. 

R. E. Comp. Edwin Heathfield, P.Z. 
No. 5. st. george's, london. 

R. E. Comp. Edwin Heathfield, P.Z., (proxy.) 
No. 6. st. john's, Hamilton. 

R. E. Comp. Thos. B. Harris, Z. 

No. 7. moira, belleville. 

R. E. Comp. J. C. Franck, Z. 

" A. A. Campbell, P.Z. 

* F. W. Alport, P.H. 

" " John Wonnacott, P.Z. 

" " L. H. Henderson, J. 

No. 8. king solomon's, Toronto. 

Comp. J. Meudell. 
E. " David Curtis, Jun., (proxy.) 

No. 9. golden rule, stanstead. 

R. E. Comp. T. B. Harris, (proxy.) 


R. E. Comp. E. Heathfield, (proxy.) 



E. Comp. T. Milo, Z. 

R. " " Thos. J. Angel, P.Z. 


E. Comp. Manuel Northrup, Z. 


R. E. Comp. Thos. B. Harris, (proxy.) 


E. Comp. David Curtis, Jun., (proxy ) 


E. Comp. David Curtis, Jun., Z. 

On motion, the Rep >rt from the Grand Scribes was received 
and adopted. 

The M. E. Grand Council gave permission for all Royal Arch 
Masons, members of Chapters and in good standing, to be admitted. 

A large number of Companions being in attendance, they were 
admitted as visitors. 

The Grand Scribe E. read the Rules and Regulations for the 
government of Grand Chapter during public business. 

It was moved by R. E. Companion Edwin Heathfield, seconded 
by R. E. Comp. J. C. Franck, and adopted, — 

That inasmuch as the proceedings at the last annual Convocation 
held at the city of Hamilton, on the 8th day of February, A.D. 
I860 ; also, of an especial Convocation, held at the city of Ottawa, 
on the 13th July, A.D. 1860, having been printed, and the same 
having been issued to all the Chapters, the minutes be considered* 
read, and as such confirmed. 

The Grand Scribe E. informed the Grand Chapter that he had 
received a letter from the M. E. Companion T. Douglas Ilarington, 
G. Z., from his residence at Quebec, which had been despatched 
several days in advance of the meeting, in consequence of the 
uncertainty attached to the arrival and departure of the trains, 
caused by the heavy fall of snow, in which he desires, should 
unforeseen circumstances preclude the possibility of his reaching 


this place in time for the opening of this Grand Convocation, 
to express his regrets for such unavoidable absence, and requests 
me to submit the following address on various subjects for the 
consideration of Grand Chapter : — 


To the Most Excellent, the Grand Chapter of R. A. Masons of 
Canada, assembled in Annual Convocation, at Belleville. 

Right Excellent & Excellent Companions, 

The arrival of the period, for holding the Annual Convocation, 
has once again caused you to assemble together as the Representa- 
tives of R. A. Masonry, in Canada, and while I congratulate you 
on the steady and satisfactory progression of our Order, I can, 
with truth, assure you that nothing has occurred, to my knowledge, 
to mar its harmony. My official duties have been li«jht in conse- 
quence, and the expiring year leaves behind it no vain and sad 

I have granted Dispensations for two new Chapters, since the 
last Annual Convocation, viz : — 

Mount Moriah, R. A. C, St. Catherines. 
Mount Horeb, " Brantford. 

the Petitions for which came to me properly prepared and 
recommended, and it remains for Grand Chapter, if such shall be 
its pleasure, to confirm the said Dispensations, and grant the 
Petitioners Warrants of Constitution. The Chapters now acknow- 
ledging the authority of this Grand Chapter, are twenty in number, 
and their condition, as well as the general state of R. A. Masonry, 
in the several Districts, will of course be explained in the Reports 
of the respective Grand Superintendents, to be laid before you in 
accordance with the Constilution. 

With the Grand Chapters of our Mother Country and the 
United States, we are in most friendly communication, and a 
Report on Foreign Correspondence will be laid before you, 
prepared by R. E. Comp. Franck, who most kindly undertook to 
complete it, being an addition to his responsible duties of Grand 
Superintendent of the Central District, for which he has my 
thanks, and will have, I doubt not, those of the Grand Chapter. 

The Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter, of Scotland, has ex- 
pressed a desire for the appointment of mutual Representatives, 
and in pursuance of th*t object, R. E. Comp. William Hay, P. Z., 
of St. John's, R. A. C, Toronto, under the Registry of Scotland, 
favored me with the following friendly communication : — 


(Copy.) Toronto, 25th January, 1861. 

My Dear Sir & M. E. Comp., 

I have the honor of receiving a commission, dated 19th Dec'r, 
1860, from the Supreme Grand R. A. Chapter of Scotland, 
authorizing me to appear for them, and act as their Representative 
in the Grand Chapter of Canada. I need not say that it will afford 
me the highest gratification to take the earliest opportunity of 
meeting your Grand Body, and presenting my credentials. The 
Supreme Chapter, through its Grand Scribe E., expresses a wish 
that your Grand Chapter should be represented in Scotland, and 
suggests the names of two Companions, either of whom would be 
acceptable to them, if agreeable to you, viz: Alex. James Stewart, 
Esq., W. S. Edinburgh, Grand Clerk to the Grand Lodge of 
Scotland, or Donald Campbell, Esq., Glasgow, Grand P. J., of the 
Grand Chapter. 

I have the honor to be, 

My dear Sir, & M. E. Comp. 

Fraternally yours, 
(Signed,) WILLIAM HAY. 

The M. Excellent, 

The Grand Principal Z., 

Of the Grand Chapter of Canada, 
T. D. Harington, Esq.. Quebec. 

I have therefore, in accordance with the Constitution, to request 
the sanction of the Grand Chapter to the appointment of Comp. 
A. J. Stewart, (the first of the two gentlemen submitted) to 
represent it in the Supreme Grand Chapter of Scotland, and the 
confirmation of Companion Hay's appointment, with such rank as 
the Grand Chapter may deem to be appropriate. 

I consider it to be my duty to call your attention to certain 
proceedings of the Supreme Grand Chapter of England, which took 
place at its Quarterly Convocation, holden on the first August 
last. No official announcement has been made, but the proceedings 
have bten published in the London Freemason's Magazine, of the 
4th of that month, a periodical devoted to the Craft, and which 
has received a semi-official permission to report. I quote for your 
guidance as follows : — 


"The Quarterly Convocation of Grand Chapter, was holden on 
Wednesday last the first instant, (August.) 

" The M. E. Z., stated that the first business to be brought 
before the companions, was the question of granting a Warrant 
for a R. A. Chapter, to be attached to the Dalhousie Lodge 
(No. 835,) at Ottawa, Canada West. That Lodge had always 


remained firm in its allegiance to the Grand Lodge of England, 
but a question had arisen how far the Grand Chapter of England 
could grant Warrants for new Chapters in Canada, without 
infringing on the rights of the Grand Chapter of Canada. The 
question has been referred to the Grand Principals for consideration, 
and they had arrived at the conclusion, that looking at the position 
of the Dalhousie Lodge, it would be no infringement of the rights 
of the Grand Chapter of Canada, to grant the Warrant for a new 
Chapter, as prayed." 

" It was moved and seconded, that the prayer of the petition be 

Before, however, the motion was put, it was suggested that 
it would be better to place upon record the motives for granting 
the Petition, and so to frame the resolution, as to avoid giving 
offence to the Grand Chapter of Canada, which suggestion was 
concurred in by the mover, and the Resolution, carried unanimously, 
was as follows : i 

" That the Charter tor the Chapter prayed for to be attached 
to the Dalhousie Lodge (No. 835,) at Ottawa, be granted, the 
Supreme Grand Chapter being of opinion that the granting of such 
Charter is necessary to complete the degrees of Freemasonry, and 
is therefore part of the privileges of a Craft Lodge, which privileges 
it has been stipulated and agreed to be secured to all Lodges 
holding under the Grand Lodge of England in Canada." 

The Grand Chapter will thus perceive that the right is claimed I 
to attach a Chapter to every Lodge in Canada, now acknowledging 
the authority of the Grand Lodge of England, although this Grand 
Chapter has been fully recognized as having jurisdiction throughout 
the Province, and the only condition the Supreme Grand Chapter 
of England affixed to its complete recognition, on the 10th 
February, 1860, was — u a reservation in favor of all Chapters, 
now in Canada, who are still holding Charters under it, as also ol 
all English R. A. Masons, of all their rights, titles, and privileges 
as fully and freely as though the Grand Chapter of Canada had 
not been formed." 

The laws of the Supreme Grand Chapter of England — Private 
Chapters, Art. 1, — declare, " that every Chapter shall be attachec 
to some Warranted Lodge," &c, — and No. 2, — "that no Lodg( 
can form or hold a Chapter, unless," &c, — by which, and the fac 
of certain officers of the Grand Lodge of England, being ex-offici< 
officers of the Supreme Grand Chapter, and also that No. 2, of thi 
English Articles of LTnion, of 1813, specifies that " pure ancien 
Masonry consists of three degrees, and no more, viz : — those o 
the Entered Apprentice, the Fellow Craft and the Master Mason_ 
(including the Supreme Order of the Holy Royal Arch,)" — th- 


connection between Grand Chapter and Grand Lodge is, I imagine, 
preserved, as the Constitution of the Grand Lodge of England, is 
altogether silent on the subject. 

This peculiarity of the Constitutions of England, so different to 
our own, and that of other Grand Bodies, must be borne in mind, 
although there seems to be an inconsistency in a Grand Chapter 
granting a Charter for a Chapter, because it is " part of the 
privileges of a Craft Lodge." The privilege is certainly not looked 
upon as a right, because if it were so considered, every Lodge 
would have its Chapter as a matter of course, whereas the Supreme 
Grand Chapter of England sometimes refuses the prayer for one, 
and even where the Charter is granted, the members of the Craft 
Lodge, to which it is attached, do not possess the privilege of 
being exalted in it, without undergoing the ordeal of proposal, 
ballot, &c., so that it is really distinct and independent. 

I cannot help feeling sorry that the Supreme Grand Chapter of 
England, acceded to the present application, for the act is one 
liable to create doubt, to say the least of it, and the members of 
Dalhousie Lodge could apply to the English Chapters, at present 
in existence in Canada. " for the completion of their Degrees," as 
defined by England. 

You will understand on what ground the claim is based, by a 
perusal of the Resolution, and I recommend the matter to your 
serious consideration, as one calculated to create misunderstanding 
with a friendly Body, unless set at rest by the position of such 
proposed new Chapters being defined, and the Supreme Grand 
Chapter of England advised of your action in the premises without 
loss of time. It is almost needless to state that the Charter, thus 
reported to be granted, has not received any recognition from me, 
the Grand Chapter being the legitimate authority to decide as to 
its merits, and the solution of the' question requires calm, and at 
the same time, friendly discussion and deliberation. 

I think of nothing further, unless to remind you. as the period 
fixed by the Constitution has arrived for the annual election of the 
officers, and also for naming the place at which the next Convocation 
is to be holden, that a notice of motion for altering the time of 
^.holding it appears in the proceedings, (page 51. 1859) and has 
not be n withdrawn or disposed of. I cannot help inviting the 
attention of the Grand Chapter to the fact, that Companions are 
now summoned from their homes at the most inclement, and 
uncertain period of the year, and there is a very natural hesitation 
about incurring the risk of detention, and perhaps suffering on the 
journey. The extremely severe weather of this present February 
has been brought home to all travellers, and to my very great 
regret, it effectually prevented me from meeting rny Montreal 
brethren recently, and I feel no certainty of being able to reach 


you, owing to a similar stoppage of the road. Very full attendance 
can hardly be looked for or exacted from Companions who reside 
at a distance from the various places periodically chosen, and 
consequently business brought before the Convocation has to be 
transacted by the few, and absent Companions have to be elected 
to office whose installation or investiture cannot be accomplished 
in the manner laid down by the Constitution. I think this is a 
matter deserving your attention, and as a question involving the 
well-doing of Grand Chapter, and the comfort and convenience of 
Companions I submit it to you. 

R. E. Companion Harris, Scribe E., will furnish you with all 
financial information, and in making mention of him, I cannot 
refrain from bearing testimony to his great attention to the duties 
appertaining to that responsible officer. The Committee to whom 
was entrusted the preparation of the charters and Grand Chapter 
certificates, having completed the task, no further delay will take- 
place in their distribution. 

In conclusion, R. E. and E. Companions, I beg to assure you 
of my anxious desire to promote the prosperity of our Order, 
and my hearty good wishes for your individual happiness. May 
the G. A. O. T. U. continue His mercies to us all ! I now return 
to your ranks as a companion member, but your claim to my 
constant exertions will always be responded to, and quickened by 
the grateful remembrance I shall ever entertain of your kindness 
and confidence. 


Grand Z., G.C. of Canada. 

Quebec, 10th February, 1861. 

It was moved by E. Comp. D. Curtis, seconded by R.E. Comp. 
E. Heathfleld, and adopted, — 

That the address from the M. E. Z., be referred to the following 
Special Committee and to report thereon at an early hour, viz : — 
R. E. Companion J. C. Franck, V. E. Companion W. H. Ponton 
and E. Companion D. Curtis, Jr. 

The Grand Scribe E. submitted and read the following Report 
from the Grand Superintendent for the London District : — 



London, 12th February, 1861. 

To the G. Chapter of R. A. Masons of Canada. 

In compliance with the regulations of Grand Chapter, I have 
the honor to submit a report on the condition of R. A. Masonry 
in my District. 

We have in this District six Chapters, including the new Chapter 
at Woodstock, the Principals of which I had the pleasure of 
installing on the 5th instant; and from present appearances, this 
Chapter promises to be useful in spreading this beautiful degree 
of our Order, for they have already received sixteen petitions from 
brethren wishing to be exalted to Royal Arch Masons ; and if the 
Principals are cautious to confer the degrees in a proper manner, 
there is no doubt but the Oxford Chapter will prosper. The other 
Chapters, 1 may say, are in almost a quiescent state, and doing 
very little work. 

At the last regular Grand Convocation, 1 had intended to give 
notice of motion that the veils be dispensed with ; but as the First 
Grand Principal was not present, and I had to take the chair, I 
deemed it better to defer doing so until the present meeting. 

I therefore now give notice, that at the next regular convocation 
of Grand Chapter, I will move that the veils be not used in the 
ceremony of exaltation, as they have no reference to that degree. 

We have adopted the English ritual — the only rational mode of 
conferring the degree — and we ought not to depart from it. 
Moreover, our M.E.G.Z. has pledged his word to the M.E.G.Z., of 
the Supreme Grand Chapter of England, that " English R. A.Masons 
can enter our Chapters freely," &c. ; but if the veils must be used, 
how could an English R. A. Mason enter our Chapters who could 
not give the pass-words on passing the veils 1 The masters of 
veils would stop them and where is the 1st Principal who has 
taken an obligation to uphold and maintain the laws and regulations 
of the Grand Chapter of Canada, that would order them to be 
admitted without the pass-word 1 At present the work of the veils 
has not been promulgated in this section of the province, therefore 
the Principals are under no difficulty. There are many other 
reasons why the veils should not be used in the R. A. Degree, 
but these may be sufficient to draw the attention of the companions 
to the subject before the next regular Convocation. In the 
meantime I would advise the companions to consider well what 
the real pass-words of the veils are. There is a great difference 
in giving them, which I hope to be able to explain when I submit 


my motion to Grand Chapter. I have entered into these remarks 
here, because I fear I shall not be able to attend the present Grand 
Chapter, to give notice of my motion in person. 

All which I have the honor to submit, 


Grand Supt. for the London District. 

The Grand Scribe E. submitted and read the following report 
from the Grand Superintendent for the Eastern Townships District. 

Waterloo, C. E. January 30th, 1861. 

To R. E. Comp. Thos. B. Harris, Grand Scribe E., Grand Chapter 
of Canada. 

Dear Sir, & R. E. Comp. 

I beg leave most respectfully to forward you herewith, for the 
information of the Grand Chapter, a brief account of the state of 
Royal Arch Masonry, in the Eastern Townships District, over 
which I have the honor to preside. 

This District contains three Chapters, viz : — " Golden Rule," at 
Stanstead ; " Bedford District," at Dunham ; and " Dorchester," 
at St. Johns, all of which are still acting under confirmed 

Golden Rule exhibits fair prosperity, and a prospect of a large 
increase to the number of its members. This Chapter still works 
according to the United States system, but the present First 
Principal, R. E. Comp. Gustin, (to whom the Chapter owes its 
existence) has informed the Companions that old age and infirm 
health, will prevent his taking the same active part in their work, 
as heretofore, and having declined to hold the office any longer, a 
younger Companion will be his successor, who, 1 doubt not, will 
adopt our system of work. The " Bedford District " Chapter 
has, thus far, made but little progress, not having, as yet, conferred 
the R. A. Degree, but a number of applications are before it, and 
another year will, I am confident, show a marked improvement. 

The first Convocation of " Dorchester " Chapter, (of which I 
had the honor of being appointed First Principal) was held in 
April last, since then nine Candidates have been exalted according 
to the system of work adopted by the Grand Chapter of Canada. 

Other applications are before it, and taking into account the 
fact that two of the Principals, and nearly one half of its members, 


reside at a distance of forty miles, I think that few Chapters in the 
Province can show equal prosperity. 

I have the honor to be, 

Dear Sir, and R. E. Comp., 

Yours fraternally, 

Grand Supt., Eastern Townships District. 

The Grand Scribe E, also read the following Report from the 
Grand Superintendent for the Hamilton District : — 


Hamilton, February 9th, 1861. 

Thos. B. Harris, Esq., G. S. E. Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Canada. 

Dear Sir and R. E. Companion, 

In accordance with a regulation of Grand Chapter, I have the 
pleasure to submit a circumstantial report of my proceedings, as 
Grand Superintendent for the Hamilton District, during the past 
masonic year. 

On my assuming the labors of this office, in February last, two 
chapters, viz :— "The Hiram," No. 2, and the «« St. John's," No 6, 
came under my supervision, both of which are situated in this 
City, thereby affording me frequent opportunity of attendance, and 
witnessing the work performed, which although differing in many 
respects from that heretofore practised, is undoubtedly much more 
in consonance with the feelings of the great majority of the 
Companions ; it is also properly and correctly worked, and in 
accordance with the recognized ritual of Grand Chapter. 

I have recommended two petitions for new Chapters, both of 
which have received dispensations from the M. E. Z. 

On the 22nd day of January, accompanied and assisted by the 
Grand Scribe E.,the past District Superintendent, R. E. Companion 
Magill and other Companions from this place, I visited the Town 
of St. Catharines, and Installed the Principals of the " Mount 
Moriah " Chapter, under a Dispensation from the M. E. Z. 

On the 31st January, accompanied by the G. S. E., the Past 
Grand Treasurer and other Companions, I visited the Town of 
Brantford, and Installed the principles of " Mount Horeb " 
Chapter, likewise under a Dispensation from the M. E. Z. 

Here may be a fitting opportunity to remark, that two petitions 
for new Chapters, emanated from the Companions of Brantford, 
and its neighbourhood, closely following each other, both of which 


were transmitted to the M. E. Z. The almost simultaneous 
application for two Charters for the same town, induced the G.Z., 
to delay for a time compliance with the prayer of either petition, 
desiring that some amicable arrangement, if possible, should be 
arrived at, as he deemed one Chapter sufficient for the Town. 

Subsequently, a somewhat modified petition, containing the 
name of another Companion nominated for second Principal, with 
an explanatory letter, was received, and to which I gave my 
recommendation ; it was sanctioned by the M. E. Z.,who directed 
a Dispensation to be issued. Previously, however, to the Installa- 
tion of the officers of the " Mount Horeb " Chapter, the Memorial 
hereunto appended was handed to me by Companions Mulloch and 
Henwood, which sets forth a grievance at not being the fortunate 
recipients of the Charter. 

I felt it my duty, having previously recommended the prayer 
of the petition, for which a Dispensation had been obtained from 
the M. E. Z., and as no charge was contained in the Memorial to 
the prejudice of the Companions named in the Dispensation, and 
also learning from conversation had with the Memorialists, that 
the objection raised, sprung more from a question of a personal 
character, as to who should be the first presiding officer, than a 
truly Masonic feeling, to proceed with the installation of the 
Principals, and refer the Memorial to the Grand Chapter for such 
action as it may deem requisite. 

In conclusion, I desire to call the attention of Grand Chapter 
to an amendment to the Constitution, authorized at the last 
Especial Convocation, held at Ottawa, to be found at page 52, 
printed proceedings for 1860. Art. 6, " of Private Chapters," 
which requires the First Principal of every Chapter to be an 
" Installed Master, or Past Master of a Symbolic Lodge " and to 
suggest a re-consideration of this clause, inasmuch as the require- 
ment works prejudicially to the progress and advancement of 
Royal Arch Masonry in this and most other parts of the province. 

All which is respectfully submitted, 


G. S., H. District. 

The Grand Superintendent for the Central District submitted 
and read the following Report :— 

To the Most Excellent the Grand Council, Principals and Com- 
panions of the Grand Chapter of R. A. Masons of Canada. 

My Report as Superintendent of the Central District of Royal 
Arch Masons will be very brief. The number of Chapters in the 
District have not increased during the past year, and the duty of 


the Superintendent to watch the interests of four chapters is 
necessarily light. The flourishing condition and prosperity of the 
oldest (the " Ancient Frontenac " Chapter, of Kingston) remains 
undisturbed, and the " Moira " of Belleville, next it; order as to 
seniority, meets with unabated success. The " Cataraqui " Chapter 
of Kingston, is still slightly suffering from the weakness of infancy ; 
the great merit of its officers however (all veterans in the Craft, 
and determined to progress) leads me to believe in the certainty 
of ultimate prosperity. 

The young " Carlton " Chapter of the City of Ottawa, is as ambitious 
as the young City itself, and I may say with equal success, the 
quantity and quality of material here found fit for the building is 
indeed remarkable, and lead to the very highest anticipations that 
the Chapter, if properly guided, must take a stand among its 
sisters, second to none in the Province. That illustrious Mason, 
Colonel W. J. B. McLeod Moore, has opened, and thus far 
conducted the Chapter, and is rewarded by the esteem in which he 
is held by all and every, the Companions of the Chapter, for the 
ability and urbanity with which he has ever presided over their 
labors. Some irregularities have crept into this Chapter, by the 
electing of officers for the present year, on account of the absence 
of the First and Second Principals, and the consequent impossi- 
bility of opening the Chapter in a Mark Lodge, and also by asking 
a dispensation to instal a worthy Companion in the first Chair, 
before he had lawfully served in the second and third, while the 
Second Principal of last year was willing and able to perform the 
duty, and no cause was shown for his non-election, excepting his 
living at considerable distance from the City, which, however, 
could only prove an inconvenience to himself, not to the Chapter, 
as he declared himself willing to attend all meetings, and to resign, 
if such should prove impossible. 

I early overcame both these irregularities, on the occasion of 
my official visit on the 16th of January last, by ordering an 
election of officers, (under the circumstances, it could hardly be 
called a new one) which resulted in the choice of the last Second 
Principal as first Principal. In this Chapter also, an unfortunate 
difference arose between two Companions. The Chapter proceeded 
to a trial by Committee, which resulted in the exculpation of the 
accused, to the great dissatisfaction of the Companion complaining 
and others. Under such circumstances, the Past First Principal 
has considered it prudent to bring the case under the consideration 
of the Grand Chapter, and for that purpose has, some weeks ago, 
sent me the documents connected with the case at issue, hereunto 
annexed. I am not aware whether either party has any evidence 
to lay before this Grand Chapter, nor do I venture any opinion on 
the case which has in no wise been referred to me. 


The slow increase in the number of Chapters in the Central 
District is, it appears to me, rather a source of congratulation 
than regret, proving clearly that the Companions will not commence 
in haste, where a fear exists that they may have to repent at 
leisure ; better that few Chapters should exist and flourish, than 
that many should spring up and decay. There is indeed a 
probability of two or three applications for new Chapters within 
the next year, but 1 doubt not, that the Companions about to apply 
have well considered their chances of success, and base their 
petitions npon real Masonic necessity, on account of distance from 
other Chapters, and consequent present inability, to further the 
interests of the Craft. 

Before closing this Report, I beg to tender my sincere thanks 
to the Companions of the Central District, for the uniform 
kindness extended to me during the two years I have had the 
honor of holding the position of Grand Superintendent of this 

All of which is respectfully submitted, 

Grand Supt. Central District. 
G. C. R. A. Masons of Canada, ) 
January 20th, A. I., 2391. j 

On motion of R. E. Companion S. D. Fowler, seconded by 
R. E. Companion J. 0. Franck and adopted, — 

The reports from the Grand Superintendents were received 
and referred to the following Special Committee, viz : — E. Comp's 
George F. LaSerre, Thos. J. Angel and E. Heathfield. 

The following Committee was appointed to audit the books 
and vouchers of the Grand Scribe E., viz : E. Com p. Parker, 
Milo and Henderson. 

A letter was read from V. E. Co in p. Daniel Spry, asking 
information with reference to the titles of officers in the Mark, 
Past and Most Excellent Masters degrees. 

The letter was referred to the following Special Committee, 
viz : R. E. Comp. Fowler, Mmpson and Harris. 

R. E. Comp. J. C. Franck, chairman of the Committee on 
Foreign Correspondence, specially appointed by the M« E. Z., 
submitted and read the following report : 



The Committee on Foreign Correspondence beg leave most 
respectfully to report, that they have received from the Grand Scribe 
Ezra, the proceedings of nineteen Grand Chapters in the United 
States, namely : Arkansas, Alabama, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, 
Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, New 
York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, 
Virginia and Wisconsin. 

Those of Alabama and Indiana are of 1859; of Iowa, North 
Carolina, and Virginia, of 1859 and 1860; of New Jersey, since 
the formation of the Grand Chapter in 1856, to 1860 ; all the 
others of 1 860. 

Your Committee in the discharge of their duty have endeavored 
to make such extracts from the various proceedings submitted, as 
may. and they hope will, be of interest to the craft in this 
jurisdiction. While carefully considering the condition and 
jurisprudence of the order in the neighboring States, they have 
also embodied in this report some statistical information, the 
opinions expressed by others of our actions, and some of the 
most sound and moral precepts, advice and experience, most 
eloquently and beautifully expressed in many of the addresses 
and reports of Grand High Priests and others. 

Before entering on the consideration of the proceedings of the 
various Grand Chapters above named, your Committee, on a 
careful perusal of their transactions, are very much pleased indeed 
to find in one and all of them, the assurance that great and general 
prosperity reward the labors of love of our Companions abroad, 
and that brotherly love, relief and truth, prevail in their temples. 

Your Committee have passed over, as of little interest to your 
Grand Body, the lengthy remark* contained in all the proceedings 
under review, concerning the last triennial meeting of the General 
Grand Chapter of the United States, which General Grand Chapter 
appears a great bone of contention ; its constitution, continuance 
or dissolution, is actively canvassed, and while some desire to 
dissolve their connection therewith, a majority appear to advocate 
the continuance and support thereof. 

Your Committee will now submit their extracts from and 
remarks, on the proceedings of the Grand Chapters above 
enumerated, which, for that purpose, they have alphabetically 


The Grand Chapter dates the last Annual Convocation, 
November 1st, A.D., 1860, A.I., 2394. The Grand High Priest, 
in a short opening address, notes, that promising sons of Royal 



Arch Masons, whose means are not sufficient to educate them, are 
admitted into St. John's College, and receive their education free 
of expense. This college was founded by the Grand Lodge and 
Grand Chapter of the State, for educating the sons of deceased 
and indigent Masons. Truly a good and masonic example worthy 
of imitation, and which our Committee recommend to the careful 
consideration of this Grand Body. 

The proceedings do not contain any report of the Committee on 
Foreign Correspondence. E. H. Whitfield, was elected Grand 
High Priest and James W. Finley, Grand Secretary. 


Proceedings, dated 6th December, 1859. The Deputy G. H. P., 
S. A. M. Wood, addressed the Grand Chapter, on account of the 
unavoidable absence of M. E., David Clopton, G. H. P. The 
Address, as well as the proceedings, are merely of local interest. 
There is a very able report from the Committee on Foreign 
Correspondence, who, when speaking of Massachusetts, allude to 
Canada in the following manner : — u And with respect to the Grand 
Chapter of Canada, (they say) it was established and organised in 
direct violation of masonic authority and usage. We (the 
Committee of Alabama) do not concur in this opinion, and think 
our Grand Chapter is properly in correspondence with our 
Companions in Canada." 

S. A. M. Wood, was elected Grand High Priest, and Daniel 
Sayre, Grand Secretary. 


Opening of Grand Chapter dated May 8, 1860— R.A.M. 2394. 

Your Committee recommend to the careful consideration of 
subordinate Chapters the following remarks, extracted from the 
Address of M. E. Samuel Tripp, G.H.P. :— 

" It is to be hoped that he* members of the several Chapters are 
careful as " to the character of the materials brought up for the 

" True prosperity does not consist so much in the swelling of our 
numbers as in the moral and intellectual fitness of the few who 
are admitted within the veils. The benefits of Masonry were not 
designed for the masses, but rather for the select few, in ail ages 
of the world, who prove themselves 'worthy and well qualified.' 
If we guard well the portals of the Masonic edifice ; if, in 
answering the calls of those who occasionally knock at our doors, 
we admit only the wise and the good ; we shall thus preserve in 
its purity the glorious inheritance received from our fathers, and 
transmit it unsullied to our posterity." 


The G.H.P. notices the receipt of a card from the new Grand 
Chapter of the State of Minnesota, which was organised on the 
17th day of December, 1859, and of which M.E. A.T.C. Pierson, 
was elected G.H.P., and R. E. George W. Prescott, G. Secretary. 

The Report on Foreign Correspondence is ably written, and 
reviews the proceedings of twenty Grand Chapters — Canada not 

Frederick F. Calhoun, elected Grand High Priest, and Eliphalet 
G. Storer, Grand Secretary. 


The eleventh Annual Communication opened on the 28th day of 
September, A.D., 1860, A.I., 2390. 

G. H. Priest, N. D. Elwood, sent his address, which opens by 
stating to the Companions, that " having been recently bereft of 
a darling child, he had not the heart to absent himself from home 
at that time." In his absence, M. E. Comp. William W. Mitchell 
occupied the throne. 

The Committee on Foreign Correspondence, in noticing Canada, 
says : " Every thing in all degrees of Masonry in the Province 
indicate great prosperity and harmony." 

The proceedings are short and contain nothing requiring 
particular comment. 

Nelson D. Elwood, was elected G.H.P., and Harman G.Reynolds, 
Grand Secretary. 


Proceedings for A.D., 1859 and 1860, A.I., 2389 and 2390,— 
sixth Annual Convocation opening September 7th, 1859, and the 
seventh, August 15th, 1860. 

The following appropriate remarks are from the opening address 
of M. E. Comp. E. M. Eastman, G.H.P. :— 

" It is to be lamented that so many of our public addresses are 
made anti-masonic by bestowing so much adulation upon masonic 
charity, which should never be named in public. This, and 
proselyting, which is equally objectionable, have induced many to 
seek admission into our order for purely mercenary purposes. 
Such persons are nominally members of the order, but they are 
not Masons — the heart of a Mason is not in them. They usually 
make merchandise of the institution, as hypocrites and apostates 
do of the church, for their own aggrandizement. Among this class 
may safely be counted itinerant lecturers and speculators in 
masonic jewels and regalia, and advertisers under masonic symbols. 
We would naturally distrust a merchant, if he were to advertise 
that he was a member of the Methodist, or Presbyterian, or 


Congregationalist, or Catholic church, with the design of obtaining 
the exclusive custom of those sects of Christians. MasoDs who 
do these things are usually rotten at heart, and should be 
discountenanced by the fraternity. These things should be 
regarded rather as marks of suspicion than attraction." 

The Committee on Jurisprudence report in a case of Dubuque 
Chapter : " During the year the hall of this Chapter was burned, 
and the Charter thereby lost ; whereupon the Chapter applied to 
the Grand High Priest for a dispensation to enable them to work 
until the present Convocation. The Grand High Priest granted 
the same, under a precedent of like character, though fully of 
opinion that no necessity existed for his interposition in the 
premises. The principle is plain, that it is the action of the Grand 
Chapter that gives and continues existence to a Chapter, and the 
Charter is only evidence thereof. Yet inasmuch as the Secretary 
has no authority, during the recess of the Grand Chapter, to 
duplicate lost Charters — -and as the members desire, and visitors 
require, tangible evidence of the legal existence of their Chapter — 
the granting of the Dispensation was well enough." 

The same Committee report that they are " fully of opinion 
that Grand Chapter possesses not the power to restore to 
membership a suspended Companion upon a proper showing, 
while such Companion remains a suspended mason by the action 
of a symbolic lodge ;" and ihe Committee assert, that " such is not 
only the positive law of their own Grand Chapter, but the usages 
of Masonry." 

The Grand Secretary adopts the paging of the proceedings of 
Grand Chapter continuously for binding purposes. 

The report on Foreign Correspondence is short but ably 

Kimball Porter, was elected Grand High Priest, and W. B. 
Langridge, Grand Secretary. 


The whole of the proceedings of this Grand Chapter, which 
opened the Annual Convocation on the 22nd of May, A. I., 2390, 
A.D., 1860, were of a local nature, and offer nothing of special 
interest to the Royal Craft outside the jurisdiction of the Grand 

No report on Foreign Correspondence. 

To the question asked of the Grand High Priest, " Can a non- 
affiliating Master Mason hold membership in a Chapter?" he 
answers, "No, he cannot." His argument is as follows : — "I 
believe the original intent of Royal Arch Masonry was, that their 


members should maintain a good standing and membership in a 
lodge of Craft Masons. Analogy — the relation of Lodge and 
Chapter Masonry ; and the general laws of Royal Arch Masonry 
teach this. The fact that a Companion being expelled by a lodge, 
deprives him, without the action of a Chapter, of all the rights and 
privileges of Royal Arch Masonry, teaches the same doctrine 
most plainly. * * * I hold this to be a rule, that in order to 
get or hold membership in a Chapter, a Companion must maintain 
a membership in a lodge, or the right of affiliation, which right of 
affiliation may be held in the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of 
Indiana under a demit for six months, after the granting of the 
demit. The whole intent of granting a demit is, that the 
individual receiving it may move his membership to some other 
Lodge or Chapter, and it certifies to the Lodge or Chapter to which 
it is presented, the character the bearer had in the Lodge or 
Chapter from which he came, and guarantees affiliation a reasonable 
and sufficient length of time for him to gain a membership where 
he may desire it. An impossibility to obtain a membership — as 
a great distance from a Lodge, sickness, or other unavoidable 
circumstances — should always be construed in favor of the holder 
of the demit. 

" A demit should not be granted to any one, simply because he 
desires to get rid of his membership. If that be his object, he may 
be voted leave to withdraw, but without a demit?'' 

William Hacker, was elected G.H.P., and Francis King, Grand 


The proceedings of the Grand Annual Convocation commenced 
on the 15th day of October, A.D., 1860, A.L., 5860, and opened 
with a short report from Grand High Priest concerning the state 
of Masonry in his jurisdiction. He says there are Chapters in 
more than half the counties in the State, and in some two or three. 
The average is about one Chapter to four working Lodges, while 
the membership is about one Royal Arch Mason to six Master 

This Grand Chapter appears to be in a most flourishing condition. 
The treasurer's accounts show property in Bank Stock and City 
Bonds, besides cash on hand, nearly six thousand dollars. 

The Committee on Foreign Correspondence bring in a brief 
report, saying of Canada, "Suffice it to say, that the Canada 
Grand Chapter is prospering, and we very much hope it will 
continue so to do as long as time shall last." 

This Grand Chapter considered also a report of the committee 
appointed to revise the Constitutional Rules, and adopts fifty-two 


Rules, out of which the following two, and portions of a third, are 
extracted : — 

" In the election of Grand Officers of this Grand Chapter, those 
Companions who shall receive the lowest number of votes for any 
office, or who shall not be voted for at all on the first ballot, shall* 
not be afterwards voted for in a succeeding ballot for the same 

" The fiscal year of Chapters subordinate to this Grand Chapter, 
shall end on the — day of — of each year." 

" If any Companion be under sentence of suspension or expulsion 
from a Lodge of Master Masons, he cannot be entitled to any 
rights and privileges under the jurisdiction of this Grand Chapter." 

Theodore N. Wise, was elected G.H.P., and Philip Swigert, 
Grand Secretary. 


The thirteenth Annual Convocation is dated February 14th, 
A.D., 1860, A.I., 2394. 

Nothing of particular interest to Royal Arch Masonry, outside 
of Louisiana, was transacted during the session. The Grand High 
Priest, in his opening address, deplores the death of M. E. Past 
Grand High Priest, Amos Adams, for years the Chairman of 
Committee on Correspondence, also appointed to that office at the 
last preceding convocation, which accounts for the want of a report 
from that committee. 

The Officers elected were, A. J. Norwood, Grand High Priest, 
and Samuel G. Risk, Grand Secretary. 


Grand Chapter convened, April 30th, A. I)., 1860, A. I., 2390. 

The able opening address of M. E. Moses Dodge, G.H.P., is 
worthy the perusal and admiration of every Royal Arch Mason, 
and your Committee cannot forego the pleasure of giving the 
opening and closing remarks in full. They doubt not the 
Companions will join them in admiring the sentiments so 
beautifully expressed. The opening remarks are as follows : — 

" Once more, through the mercy and kindness of our Great 
High Priest above, we are permitted to meet in this our earthly 
tabernacle, here to bow at our holy altar in devout acknowledge- 
ment of his goodness to us through the changing scenes and incidents 
of another year, and humbly to implore him to ' lift upon us the 
light of his countenance,' and impart unto us wisdom to guide us 
while at this our annual convocation we deliberate upon matters 
pertaining to the interest, welfare, and prosperity of our dearly 
cherished institution." 


" Since last we parted here, time has enrolled upon the records 
of the past the transactions of another masonic year — another 
year's journey has hastened us on toward ' the undiscovered 
country from whose bourne no traveller returns ' — the imprint of 
our footfalls has been marked nearer and nearer yet to the 
boundary of another world, and we have this day arrived at 
another milestone or crossing, where, after the wearied labors of 
the year, we meet, lover like, at our masonic try sting place." 

" What more fitting time than this for retrospection ? — what 
better opportunity than this for memory to recall the varied 
records made upon the page of time, now filled and complete, and 
in accordance with the Pythagorean rule to inquire — " 

" Where have our feet found out their way? 
What have we learned where'er we've been ? 
From all we've heard, from all we've seen, 
What know we more that's worth the knowing? 
What have we done that's worth the doing? 
What have we sought that we should shun? 
What duty have we left undone? 
Or into what new follies run? " 

" The poet saith truly—" 

" ' These self inquiries are the road 
That leads to virtue and to God ; ' " 

" And if the retrospect brings to mind errors that we are compelled 
to regret — losses that we lament and golden opportunities for 
improvement now gone forever — then let us be instructed by the 
past, and learn wisdom from its precepts; yea, more, let the 
light of its lamp flash out and shine brightly as a guide to our 
feet in the future that is before us." 

"With hearts of gratitude to the God of all, who has filled the 
past with mercies and showered upon us prosperity and peace — has 
permitted us to leave for a while the different occupations and 
pursuits in which we are usually engaged, to withdraw for a season 
from the turmoil around, and here, within the walls of our peaceful 
sanctuary, to meet in undisturbed retirement as a band of Brothers 
— let us seriously inquire the purpose that has drawn us from our 
ordinary avocations and the endearments of home, and invoking 
the aid and guidance of our Supreme Grand High Priest in all our 
laudable undertakings, let us enter upon the duties of this 
convocation and of the coming year, with a full and firm 
determination to perform them in such a measure as 'may become 
men,' remembering that ' we live in deeds, not years — in thoughts, 
not breaths — in feelings, not in figures on a dial. We should 
count time by heart throbs. He most lives who thinks the most, 
feels the noblest, acts the best.' " 


" Since last we met in solemn conclave, it has pleased the 
Almighty to permit the dark angel of death to enter our ranks 
and snatch from among us those who were dearly cherished and 
much respected, and whom we now deeply lament." 

"While we cordially grasp the fraternal hand, we miss those' 
who have from year to year been wont to meet and mingle with 
us ; and as we look around this hall, the vacant seats and broken 
columns remind us that some are absent whom we shall meet no 
more until we pass the dark valley of the shadow of death. These 
sad dispensations of an all-wise Providence, while they remind us 
that 'death rides on every passing breeze,' also speaks to us in 
tones that may not be misunderstood — ' Be ye also ready.' " 

This admirable address concludes with the following choice 
sentences : — 

" With most of us the sun of life is far advanced in the morning 
watch ; with others, it has arrived at 'high twelve;' with a large 
proportion it is one hour past meridian; and there are others yet 
around me, on whom age has spread its hoary mantle, upon 
whose brows are writted in legible lines the footprints of time and 
care, and whose sun is fast sinking towards the distant west." 

" It may be, yea, it is more than probable that some of us will 
meet in this social retreat no more, and ere the flight of time has 
marked the close of another masonic year, we shall have gone the 
way of all the earth, to meet, as we will fondly hope, in that 
sacred temple above, with those venerable sojourners who have 
passed the veils before us." 

Companions : accept my heartfelt thanks for the confidence 
reposed in me, the honor bestowed upon me, and the uniform 
courtesy and kind forbearance exercised toward me; and permit 
me to express for you the wish, that when your earthly labors are 
closed, you may be so happy as to hear from the King of Kings, 
that welcome plaudit — ' well done thou good and faithful servant.'" 

This Grand Chapter has a charity fund amounting to nine 
hundred dollars in stock in Banks, with an income to said fund of 
two hundred and sixty-oi e dollars and forty-six cents. 

The Committee on Foreign Correspondence reviews briefly but 
ably the proceedings of twenty-three Grand Chapters of the several 

Moses Dodge,was re-elected Grand High Priest, and Ira Berry, 
Grand Secretary. 


This Grand Chapter opened its eleventh Annual Convocation on 
the 9th of January, A.D., 1860, A.I., 2390. 

The address of the Grand High Priest, J. C. Coffinberry, 
although of but local interest, is well written. This eminent 
Companion closes his eloquent remarks by declining re-election. 


The Committee on Foreign Correspondence speaks of Canada as 
follows : — 

" The second Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of 
Canada was held at London, C.W., February 16th, 1859. A 
peculiarity in the titles of the principal officers exists in this 
jurisdiction. They are designated as the Grand Z., Grand H.,and 
Grand J., who are collectively called ' the Grand Principals,' and 
occupy a ' Throne.' The pamphlet received is mostly devoted to 
the history and organisation of the Grand Chapter of Canada." 

The same committee say, under the head of 


" There appears to be a diversity among the records of the 
Grand Chapters in the dates of the several masonic eras. By 
most of them the period of 530 years is added to that of the 
Christian era, to give the Annum Inventionis. By Massachusetts, 

533 years are added. By Connecticut and Louisiana, the period of 

534 years is added ; and this corresponds with general chronology. 
In Florence we observe a peculiarity. She dates her records from 
the completion of the first temple, and to obtain the year, adds 
1000 years to the Christian era. General chronology assigns, 
as the time of this event, 1004 years before the advent of 
Christ. Some dates are given which are evidently mere mistakes. 
We suggest that a committee be raised to report upon these 
chronological eras." 

The same diversity has been noticed by your Committee on 
examining the various proceedings, and they would most 
respectfully make a like suggestion. 

Your Committee notice with pleasure the following resolution, 
adopted by the Grand Chapter of Michigan : — " Resolved, That in 
the opinion of this Grand Chapter, it is the imperative duty of all 
the subordinate Chapters of this jurisdiction, to hold to a strict 
account any members who may be guilty of intemperance or 
profane swearing." 

Also, the following preamble and resolution, submitted by 
Com p. Innes, concerning the Grand Chapter of Canada, and adopted : 

u Whereas at our last Grand Convocation, a communication 
was received from our Excellent Companions in Canada, asking an 
interchange of fraternal greeting,which communication was referred 
to a select committee, who reported favorably thereon, and who 
requested our M. E. G. H. P. to forward a copy of the said report 
to the Grand Z. of the Grand Chapter of Canada, under the seal of 
this Grand Chapter ; and whereas, the G.H.P., through the gross 
negligence of our late Grand Secretary, w T as unable to perform 
that pleasing duty ; therefore, be it resolved, that the M.E.G.H.P. 
be, and he is hereby requested to forward to said Grand Z. such 



resolution, together with the present .action of this Grand Body, 
and such explanation as to him may seem right and proper." 

William P. Innes, was elected G.H.P., and J. Eastman Johnson, 
Grand Secretary. 


The proceedings of this Grand Chapter, convened on the 23rd 
day of May, A.D., 1860, A.I., 2390, are very short. 

R. E. Daniel T. Wainwright, Grand King, presided in the 
absence of M.E. Marius Boyd, G.H.P., who sent a brief written 

The Committee on Foreign Correspondence, in enumerating the 
Chapters from whom proceedings have been received, mentions 
those of Canada, without however in any way commenting thereon. 

A certain communication not fully explained, from publishers 
of masonic works, had been referred to Grand Officers, who, in 
their report, make the following valuable remarks : — 

"It must be patent to all well-informed Masons, that there are 
already too many publications of the kind referred to in existence, 
and we believe that no encouragement should be given to any one 
in getting up any work of no real benefit to the Order, and which 
is intended to put money into the pockets of the compilers and 

After which, the following resolution was offered and adopted : 

"Resolved, — ThatthisGrand Chapter endorses no masonic book, 
pamphlet, or publication whatever." 

The following sums were appropriated by Grand Chapter for 
charitable purposes : — 

" $100 to the widow of Companion A. Patterson ; $150 for 
tuition and support of the son of late Br. George Knox ; 1100 for 
the use of Mrs. McConnell $ $25 for the use and benefit of widow 

J. W. Crane, was elected G.H.P., and E. A. O'Sullivan, Grand 


Grand Chapter convened February 7th, A.D., 1860, A.I., 2390. 

Appropriate remarks extracted from the address of G. H. P. 
James M. Austin :-— « 

" While Freemasonry has been pi'ogressing, during the past 
few years, with unparalleled rapidity, and attained a degree of 
prosperity which the most sanguine well-wisher could not have 
imagined or hoped for, have we not reason to fear that a spirit of 


radicalism is gaining ground throughout the country, and that a 
very general desire prevails among the many, to remove and 
cast aside the landmarks which our fathers have set, and to 
substitute in their stead the judgments and opinions of their own, 
whenever and wheresoever those landmarks conflict or interfere 
with the accomplishment of their own private ends." 

" Let us always remember, my Companions, that Freemasonry 
is necessarily conservative, otherwise it could not long exist. Its 
principles being founded upon the first Great Light and text-book 
of Freemasonry, are immutable. W hat they were at first, they 
are now, and must ever continue to be. Let no one attempt to 
substitute, in place thereof, their own inventions. By-laws and 
local regulations, it is true, may be changed to suit the convenience 
of particular bodies of Masons, but the Principles and Morals of 
Freemasonry are unchangable." 

TheCommittee on Foreign Correspondence, speaking of Canada, 
say — 

" It is with pleasure your Committee peruse the proceedings of 
the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Canada, from the first convention 
in January, 1857, to its convocation at London, Canada West, in 
February, 1859. Eleven subordinate Chapters are reported, with 
393 members. Their proceedings were harmonious, and evince a 
high interest in capitular masonry. May their future progress be 
as successful as their present is auspicious." 

James M. Austin, re-elected G.H.P., and John O. Cole, Grand 


Proceedings submitted are since the formation of Grand Chapter, 
in A.D. 1S56 to A. D. 1860. Lhe Warrant from the General 
Grand Chapter of the United States of America, is dated January 
24th, 1857, and the officers elected December 30th, 1856, were, 
on the 13th February, 1857, regularly installed. 

Your Committee call attention to the appropriate remarks 
offered by M.E. Geo. A. Tator, in his addresses in 1858 and 1859 : 

"Permit me also to say to the Companions throughout the 
jurisdiction, that when they have found officers skilled and 
competent, they be slow in removing them for the mere sake of 
change, or the gratification of mere ambition. Rotation in office 
may answer the necessities of mere politicians, but the words 
should never be pronounced, nor the idea entertained, within the 
body of a Chapter of Royal Arch Masons." 

" Beware, Companions, of innovations in your Ritual. You have 
a standard, and you should allow no deviation from it. Once 


open the door, however slightly, to the admission of change, and 
uniformity will be forever lost ; no labor, however arduous, can 
restore it. Avert this danger, Companions, by a stern refusal to 
listen to the syren voice of change ; make it your pride to be 
correct rather than brilliant ; and recollect, that as the foundation* 
is firm and well laid, so shall the superstructure be enduring and 

" Never before has the Masonic institution occupied a loftier 
position than at the present time ; her head rises above the stormy 
sea of prejudice and passion, shedding her pure and steady light 
upon the troubled waters. The hand of time, which destroys all 
things else, has not disturbed one pillar which supports its noble 
temple, nor even defaced one ornament. The shafts which have 
been levelled at her pure breast, either by religious bigotry or 
political tyranny, have recoiled as from a triple shield of brass. 
She has remained thus permanent because unconnected with any 
peculiarities of religion or civil polity." 

The following kind resolutions concerning the Grand Chapter 
of Canada were adopted: — 

" Whereas the Grand Chapter of the State of New Jersey has 
heard, with great satisfaction, of the regular formation and 
organization of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Canada ; — 
Resolved, that we cordially welcome them into the sisterhood of 
Grand Chapters, and extend to them our fraternal recognition and 
the right hand of fellowship." 

" Resolved, — That the usual correspondence and intercourse be 
opened with the same." 

The proceedings of 1860, show a considerable increase in the 
Grand Chapter of New Jersey, and gives the pleasing assurance 
of continued prosperity. 

The Committee on Foreign Correspondence notices Canada by 

" We have received and examined the proceedings of this Grand 
Body with no little curiosity and interest. There is a marked 
difference between their proceedings and those of the Grand 
Chapters throughout the United States. They designate their three 
principal officers by the letters Z., H., and J., and they claim that 
this is the ancient custom of the Royal Craft. There are other 
peculiarities, which indicate that their work has received the stamp 
of England, Ireland, Scotland and France, rather than of the 
United States, while, at the same time, there is enough of America 
in their proceedings to make us feel that we are on the same side 
of the water with them. We regard the Canadian Grand Chapter 
as a golden link between the Royal Craft of the Old and that of 
the New World. While reading her proceedings, we felt that a 


British arm was extending an American hand, to grasp in fellowship 
the Royal Arch fraternity of these United States. Long live the 
Grand Chapter of Canada as a masonic window, through which 
the light may pass between the two worlds. We welcome her to 
our fellowship and correspondence." 

T. J. Corson, M.D., is present G.H.P., and J. Woolverton,M.D., 
Grand Secretary. 


The Thirteenth Annual Convocation begun the sixth day of 
June, A.D., 1859, A.I., 2389 ; also the Fourteenth, dated the fourth 
day of June, A.D., 1860, A.I., 2390. 

Your Committee perceive nothing in the proceedings of this 
Grand Chapter to arrest particular attention. 

The Committee on Foreign Correspondence, in a brief report, 
after giving their reasons for not sooner acknowledging the Grand 
Chapter of Canada, add : — 

"We see no reason for withholding masonic fellowship, and we 
recommend that this Grand Chapter extend to her a cordial 
recognition, and welcome her into the ranks of independent 
Grand Chapters, with a true fraternal greeting. ]n so doing, we 
would be acting in unison with the Grand Chapter of Ireland, and 
with the Grand Chapters of our sister States of Alabama, 
Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, 
Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, 
Kentucky, and others." 

Your Committee join the Committee on Foreign Correspondence 
of the Grand Chapter of North Carolina, in rejoicing at the 
opportunity afforded them of bearing witness to the conciliatory 
an J fraternal spirit which breathes so exclusively through every 
page of the very interesting documents claiming their attention ; 
moderation even in exciting discussion being a remarkably 
predominant feature. 

E. J. Watson, re-elected G. H. P., and Thomas B. Carr, Grand 


The proceedings of the forty-fifth Annual Convocation of this 
Grand Chapter begun October 12th, A. D., 1860, A. I., 2390, are 
most interesting, and show the Royal Craft in that State to be in 
a most flourishing condition, and the Companions taking part in 
the proceedings well-informed. The report of the Grand Treasurer 
shows an overflowing treasury — the balance on hand is considerably 
over $4000, after paying all yearly expenses. 


A rule was proposed that it shall be unlawful for a subordinate 
Chapter to exalt to the degree of Royal Arch Mason, more, or less 
than three, candidates at the same time, and declaring that the 
substitution of Royal Arch Mason? to make up the necessary 
number be violative of the law. The vote by yeas and nays • 
resulted in — ayes, 120, nays, 67. The vote not being two-thirds, 
the rule was not adopted ; and at a later stage of the proceedings, 
the following more moderate resolution was carried : — "That it is 
the opinion of this Grand Chapter, that the practice of substituting 
Royal Arch Masons to make up the necessary number for 
exaltation, is contrary to the teachings and obligations of Royal 
Arch Masonry." 

The Committee on Foreign Correspondence, in speaking of 
Missouri, and action taken concerning masonic publications, as 
hereinbefore mentioned, agree that a just rebuke was then and 
there given to those publishers who attempt to use Grand Chapters 
in getting up such publications. 

They review the proceedings of your Grand Chapter, alluding 
principally to the differences in existence as to names of officers 
and masonic jurisprudence, and express their regret that a Chapter 
on the registry of Scotland exalts candidates in a spirit of rivalry. 
The report is particularly well written, and reviews in a manner, as 
candid as it is able, the proceedings of twenty-one Grand Chapters. 

Harvey Vinal, was elected G.H.P., and John D. Caldwell,Grand 


The Annual Convocation commenced February 14th, A. D., 
1860, A.I., 2390. 

The address of the Grand High Priest, delivered by that eminent 
Companion Albert G. Mackey, congratulates the Companions on 
the continued prosperity of this exalted branch of the Order in 
their jurisdiction ; and, in referring to the condition of the Order, 
adds : " that whether looking to the number of the Chapters, the 
intelligence and character of their members, or to their just 
adaptation to the wants of the surrounding Lodges, Royal Arch 
Masonry has never been, in South Carolina, in a more prosperous 
condition than it is now." 

No report from Committee on Foreign Correspondence. 

A. G. Mackey, was re-elected Grand High Priest, and Ebenezer 
Thayer, Grand Secretary. 


The eleventh Annual Convocation begun June 22nd, 1860, in 
proceedings dated A. I., 2394. 


M. E. Andrew Neill, G.H.P., in his address, remarks, that the 
state of the Order is in a highly satisfactory condition ; not 
advancing with rapid strides by increase of numbers, but gradually 
pressing forward in the practice of the precepts taught by the 
Order. He remarks concerning the granting of Warrants to 
Chapters under Dispensation : — 

" It is for you now to scrutinize their work and returns, 
requiring a strict compliance with the constitution and your 
edicts, and in no case to grant a charter except by a fulfilment of 
every duty. In this way we may expect to attain a greater 
perfection and save years of labor hereafter. No truer maxim 
can be applied to the case than 'that a thing well begun is half 
done.' " 

The following recommendation is contained in the same address : 

" I have recommended the Chapters to avoid as far as possible 
the encouragement of receiving petitions for the Chapter degrees 
from non-affiliated Masons; but as the matter has been heretofore 
recommended to your notice by my predecessor, and no definite 
rule made on the subject, 1 could not pretend to enforce such an 
edict. The reasons, 1 conceive, are very strong in favor of such a 
rule, and I hope it will soon be engrafted on our regulations. I 
am of opinion that but few are truly worthy who fail to support 
and maintain, by membership, the Lodge of their jurisdiction ; and 
I cannot imagine a sound reason which could be given by any one 
for advancement into the Chapter, whilst their duties are neglected 
in the lower degrees." 

Companion Wm. M. Taylor, from the Committee on Foreign 
Correspondence, regrets that their report must be necessarily very 
meagre, having only received the proceedings of five Grand 
Chapters. Short as the report-is, however, it is none the less an 
able review. 

William T. Austin, was elected G. H. P., and A. S. Ruthven, 
Grand Secretary. 


Proceedings of two Annual Convocations,commenced December 
15th, A. D., 1859, A. i., 2389, and December 13th, A. D., 1860, 
A.I., 2390. Both short. No address from Grand High Priest. 

The Grand Secretary reports the receipt- of proceedings of 
twenty-five Grand Chapters, including Canada, and after enumerating 
the names of the various Grand Chapters, their Grand High Priests 
and Grand Secretaries, he adds : — 

" Amongst these we are highly gratified to receive the 
proceedings of a convention to form a Grand Royal Arch Chapter 


for Canada, and the subsequent proceedings of the Grand Chapter 
thus organised under the auspices of M. E. Thomas Douglas 
Harington, of Toronto, Grand Z., and Thomas Bird Harris, Grand 
Secretary. We extend to them a cordial greeting, and wish 
them all the success which cannot fail to attach to such skilful, 
zealous, and working officers. We would venture, in all kindness 
and brotherly love, to suggest, that as all the Grand Chapters of 
the United States use the Ritual founded upon the incidents of the 
rebuilding of the temple in 3470, and as the symbolism and 
philosophy of the degree is the same, they either engraft it on 
their work or substitute it for a degree founded on incidents which 
occurred during the reign of Josiah, and while the first temple 
was standing." 

Powhattan B. Starke, was re-elected G.H.P., and John Dove, 
Grand Secretary. 


Tenth Annual Convocation of this Grand Chapter convened 
February 1st, A.D., 1860, A.I., 2390. 

A very interesting address was delivered by the Grand High 
Priest, although but of local interest. 

A very able review was reported by the Committee on Foreign 
Correspondence, who recommend the adoption of a resolution 
recognising the Grand Chapter of Canada, and tendering the fraternal 
sympathies and co-operation of the Grand Chapter of Wisconsin, 
which recommendation was afterwards, on motion of Companion 
Cothren, unanimously adopted. 

Erastus Lewis, was elected Grand High Priest, and William T. 
Palmer, Grand Secretary. 

Your Committee, in giving the various decisions in masonic 
jurisprudence, did not deem it their province, nor did they 
presume to give their own opinions thereon, but have brought pro- 
minently forward such points only as they considered worthy the 
consideration and decision of a Committee or masonic jurispru- 
dence of your Grand Body. 

Your Committee now bring their Report to a close, with the 
assurance that they have spared neither time nor labor to render the 
same as useful as possible, and they will consider themselves amply 
rewarded if they have succeeded in rendering even the very slightest 
service to the Craft in Canada. 

All of which is most respectfully submitted. 

J. C. FRANCK, Chairman. 
Grand R. A. Chapter of Canada, ) 
February 20th, A.D., 1861, A.I.,2391. j 


The report on Foreign Correspondence was received and ordered 
to be printed with the proceedings of Grand Chapter. 

The Grand Scribe E. submitted a petition signed by the 
requisite number of Royal Arch Masons, praying for a warrant 
of Constitution to enable them to erect a new Chapter in the City 
of Montreal, to be named " Caernarvon " Chapter. 

The petition was on motion received. 

It was moved by R. E. Comp. W. B. Simpson, seconded by 
R. E. Comp. E. Heathfield and adopted, — 

That the prayer of the petitioners for a new "Caernarvon" Chapter, 
to be opened in the City of Montreal, be granted, and that the 
Grand Scribe E. be instructed to prepare and forward the same 
at the earliest date. 

The Grand Council informed Grand Chapter, that the election 
of Officers for the ensuing year would take place on to-morrow, 
Thursday, at noon. 

The Grand Chapter was called from labor to refreshment, to 
meet at ( J.30 o'clock, A.M., to-morrow. 

Thursday, 21st February, 1861. 

The Grand Chapter resumed its sittings at 11.30 o'clock, A.M. 

The Grand Principals on the Throne. 

Officers and Representatives. 

The Special Committee, to whom was referred the Address from 
the M.E. Z., submitted the following 


Your Committee, to whom was referred the Address of the 
M.E. Z., begs most respectfully to report, — 

That it joins in the congratulations of the M. E. Z., on the 
steady and satisfactory progress of our Order, and it is pleased to 



note the granting of Dispensations for two new Chapters, viz : 
" Mount Moriah," at St. Catharines, and " Mount Horeb," at 
Brantford, and recommend their confirmation. 

The appointment of E. Comp.Wm. Hay, as the Representative 
of the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Scotland, at the Grand 
Chapter of Canada, is hailed by your Committee with great- 
satisfaction and it recommends the confirmation thereof. It 
having been intimated that E. Comp. A. J. Stewart, would be 
acceptable at the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Scotland, 
as the Representative of the Grand Chapter of Canada, his 
appointment is also recommended. 

Your Committee notice with regret, that the Supreme Grand 
Chapter of England has granted a Warrant for the establishment 
of a Royal Arch Chapter at the City of Ottawa, and that, although 
— before the same was submitted to that Grand Chapter — a question 
had very naturally arisen how far such action could be taken 
without infringing on the rights of this Grand Chapter. It is the 
opinion of your Committeee, that the Supreme Grand Chapter of 
England — before committing itself to such a policy — should not 
have referred the same to the. three Grand Principals, and should 
not have decided such a question without first ascertaining the 
views of your Grand Body ; nay, more, your Committee consider 
that the Supreme Grand Chapter of England should have deemed 
it proper and fraternal to advise this Grand Chapter of the steps 
proposed to be taken, with the reasons therefor and the law 
applicable thereto, so that this Grand Chapter would have obtained, 
by official communication, what is now laid before it in the form 
of an extract from a semi-official Masonic Magazine. 

It also appears that, before the motion for granting the Warrant 
was adopted, some motives were placed upon record ; but no motive 
can annul a compact entered into between two Supreme Bodies, 
as set forth in the official letter of the Grand Scribe E., of the 
Supreme Grand Chapter of England, to the M.E.Z., of this Grand 
Chapter, dated the 10th day of February, 1860, in the following 
words : — " I am instructed to state, that in the name and on behalf 
of the Supreme Grand Chapter of England, they, the Grand 
Principals, fully recognise the Grand Chapter of Canada; reserving, 
however, to all Chapters now in Canada, who are still holding 
Charters under the Grand Chapter of England, all their rights and 
privileges." Then, at the time of recognition, and then only, 
should the Supreme Grand Chapter of England have stipulated 
for such further rights as by their showing they now lay claim to ; 
first, upon the assumption that it is the privilege of a Craft Lodge 
to demand, as of right, a Charter from the Supreme Grand Chapter, 
under the same jurisdiction as the Grand Lodge from which its 
Charter is derived, and which assumption cannot certainly be 


sustained, or the prerogative of the Supreme Grand Chapter, to 
grant or refuse Warrants, would at once fall to the ground ; but 
second, upon a treaty entered into between the Grand Lodge of 
England and the Grand Lodge of Canada, that the privileges 
appertaining to subordinate Lodges working under Warrants from 
the Grand Lodge of England, in Canada, should be secured. 

Your Committee hold that a Craft Lodge cannot claim any 
privileges but those given in its Charter, which certainly contains 
nothing about the right of receiving or conferring the Royal Arch 
degree ; and even that did such privilege exist, the action of the 
Grand Lodge of Canada could have no effect upon this Grand 
Chapter, which holds its existence of itself alone, has been so 
recognised by the Supreme Grand Chapter of England as totally 
distinct from that of the Grand Lodge, and without any reference 
being made thereto. 

Your Committee is pleased to learn, that the M.E.Z. of this 
Grand Chapter has given no countenance to this new Chapter, so 
unjustly erected within this jurisdiction by the Grand Chapter of 
England; and however unpleasant the task, it feels it to be a 
bounden duty, for the preservation of the rights of this Grand 
Body in its fullest integrity, to recommend that this Grand Chapter 
do not recognise the issue of a Chapter Warrant by the G. C. of E. to 
Dalhousie Lodge, No. 835. E.R., as regular or constitutional ; and 
that the subordinate Chapters under this jurisdiction be required 
neither to hold communion nor give countenance to any 
Companions hailing from the said Chapter ; and that the action 
taken by this Grand Chapter in this matter, be communicated by 
the Grand Scribe E., to the Supreme Grand Chapter of England, 
in such terms as the Grand Z. may suggest. 

Your Committee doubt not that the good wishes expressed by 
the M.E.Z. for this Grand Chapter, are most cordially and sincere- 
ly reciprocated. 

All which is most respectfully submitted. 



It was moved by R. E. Com p. S. D. Fowler, seconded by 
R.E. Comp. W. B. Simpson, and unanimously adopted : — 

That the Report from the Special Committee on the M. E. Z.'s 
Address, be received and adopted. 

The Special Committee, to whom was referred the Reports from 
the Grand Superintendents from the various Districts, submitted 
the following 


Belleville, C.W., 21st February, 1861. 
To the M. E. Council and Companions of the Grand Chapter. 

Your Committee begs most respectfully to report, that it is much* 
pleased to find, from the Report of the Grand Superintendent for 
the Eastern Townships District, that " Golden Rule " Chapter is 
in such a prosperous condition ; as also, that the <% Bedford District" 
Chapter, at Dunham, and the " Dorchester" Chapter, at St. John's, 
are in a very fair stage of progression ; and your Committee is 
very much satisfied at learning, that there is a strong tendency 
for working these several Chapters in accordance with the Ritual 
adopted by Grand Chapter ; and it has no hesitation in stating, that 
under the able guidance of so worthy a Com [anion, that the latter 
named Chapter, over which he has been appointed to preside as 
1st Principal Z., must succeed. 

The Report of the Grand Superintendent for the Hamilton 
District, mentions that two Dispensations for new Chapters, during 
the past year, have been issued, the confirmation of which is 
recommended to your Grand Body. The action taken by the 
Grand Superintendent, regarding the double application for 
Chapters at Brantford, meets the entire concurrence of your 
Committee ; and it is further recommended, that that portion of 
the Report which speaks of an amendment to the Constitution, be 
referred to the proper Committee. 

The next Report before your Committee is from the Grand 
Superintendent of the London District, which exhibits capitular 
masonry in a flourishing condition. The remarks made by this 
eminent Companion, concerning the veils, are of the utmost 
importance ; and to expedite the action of your Grand Body, when 
the notice of motion therein given comes up for discussion, your 
Committee recommend that a Committee on Constitution and 
Regulations be now appointed to take this matter into consideration, 
and to be prepared to report thereon at the next Annual 

The concluding Report under consideration, is from the Grand 
Superintendent of the Central District, which shows Royal Arch 
Masonry to be in a very progressive state and highly satisfactory ; 
and your Committee have no doubt that, so long as the District is 
presided over by such worthy Companions, the Grand Chapter will 
at all times be presented with satisfactory reports. 

Your Committee is likewise pleased to notice the number of 
Chapters in the Central District are likely to be increased, and fully 
concur in the remarks of the R.E. Companion, that " slow and sure" 
is the better course to be adopted ; that a few Chapters well 


managed in any District, is a source of much more pleasure to 
Grand Chapter than many in number in a state of non-progression 
and badly reported on. 

All of which is most humbly submitted, with the hope that 
Grand Chapter will, from the short space of time allotted for 
considering the various topics brought under its notice, be pleased 
to accept with every due allowance. 




On the motion of E. Comp. David Curtis, seconded by E.Comp. 
Manuel Northrup, — 

The Report from the Special Committee on the Reports of the 
Grand Superintendents of Districts, was received and adopted. 

The Grand Scribe E., submitted the following statement of 
monies received during the past year: — 

Thomas B. Harris, Grand Scribe E., in Account with Grand Chapter. 

1860. Dr. 

Feb. 16. To cash from Carleton Chapter, No, 16, [Dispensation].! 40 00 

" " " Wawanosh do. No. 15 12 00 

March 8. " " " do. " 10 00 

June 12. " " King Solomon's do. No. 8 3 00 

Aug. 22. " " Golden Rule do. No. 9 19 00 


Jan. 8. " " The Hiram do. No. 2 24 00 

" " " St. George's do. No. 5 9 00 

"25 " " Mount Horeb do. [Dispensation] 40 00 

Feb. 14. " " Mount Moriah do. " 40 00 

«' «' " Golden Rule do. No. 9 2 00 

"15 " " St. John's do. No. 6 8100 

" " "Wawanosh do.No.15 3 00 

"18 " " Anc't Frontenac do. No.l 49 00 

" '• Moira do. No. 7 63 00 

" " Cataraqui do. No. 12 12 00 

" " Oxford do. No. 18 [Warrant] 50 00 

" " Caernarvon, do. [Warrant] 50 00 

$507 00 

1860. CR. 

Feb. 8. By balance due G. S., E $ 44 58 

23. " Gillespy & Robertson, pr. order G.C.(see vouch.) 78 50 

" Telegraphs and expenses 19 83 

" G. S., E., salary to Annual Convocation, 1860. . 300 00 

398 33 

"Balance 64 09 

$507 00 

To balance on hand $64 09 


The Committee appointed on Finance and Audit, submitted the 


To the Most Excellent Council. 

Your Committee on Audit and Finance, having examined the 
Books and Accounts of the G.S. E., begs leave to report that the 
same are found to be correct. 

Your Committee likewise submit the following statement of 
the liabilities of Grand Chapter : — 


To Gillespy & Robertson, for Printing, &c $108 00 

" P. Richardson, for Jewels and Collars, &c 240 00 

" John Ellis, engraving Plate for Certificates 160 00 

" Engrossing Warrants, estimated 50 00 

Or. $558 00 

By Cash on hand $ 64 09 

" Amounts due by Subordinate Chapters, for Dues 533 60 

$591 59 

When these amounts are paid, it will leave a balance on hand 
of $39-59. 

Your Committee regret to see so many of the Subordinate 
Chapters in arrears with their dues — in one instance, no less a sum 
than $172 being owed this Grand Chapter — and recommend that 
some action be taken by this Grand Chapter to compel payments 
of all arrears so due. 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 




On the motion of R. E. Com p. A. A. Campbell, seconded by 
R. E. Comp. E. Heathfield, the Report from the Committee on 
Finance and Audit was received and adopted. 

It was moved by R. E. Comp. J. C. Franck, seconded by 
R.E. Comp. A. A. Campbell, and unanimously adopted, — 

That the next Annual Convocation of Grand Chapter be holden 
at the City of London. 

R. E. Comp. W. B. Simpson gave notice, that he would move 
an amendment to the Constitution, to alter the time of meeting of 
Grand Chapter. 


On motion of R. E. Com p. E. TTeathfield, seconded by R. E. 
Comp. W. B. Simpson, and adopted, — 

ThatWarrants of Constitution be granted to rhe "Mount Moriah" 
and " Mount Horeh" Chapters, under Dispensation ; und that the 
Grand Scribe E. bp authorised to prepare and issup the same 
without delay. 

The M. E. Council appointed Companions Donald Moodie and 
E. J. Sisson, scrutineers. 

The hour having arrived for the election of officers for the 
ensuing Masonic year, the ballot was passed, and the following 
Companions declared duly elected : — 
R. E. Comp. John Charles Franck, Grand Z. 
Edwin Heathfield, " H. 

William B. Simpson, " J. 
" " T. B. Harris, re-elected " Scribe E. 
M " George W. Whitehead, " " N. 

" " Thos. J. Angel, " Principal Sojourner. 

" " David Curtis, Jun., " Treasurer. 

14 " L. H. Henderson, " Registrar. 

(i Thomas McMullin, " Janitor. 

Nominated by the Chapters of their respective Districts as Grand 
Superintendents, and approved by the M. E. Z. 

M. E. Comp. Thompson Wilson, G. Supt. London District. 
R. " " Thomas Duggan, " Hamilton " 

" " u Francis Richardson " Toronto " 

" " ki George F. La Serre, " Central " 

f " " H. L. Robinson " Eastern Townships " 

The elected Grand Officers present were installed, invested and 
proclaimed, in accordance with ancient custom. 

Th • Grand Chapter was called from labor to refreshment, to 
to meet at two o'clock, P. M. 


The Grand Chapter resumed its sittings at 2'30, o'clock, P. M. 

M. E. Comp. John C. Franck, Grand Z. 

R. E. " Edwin Heathfield, " H. 

* " " W. B. Simpson, " J. 
On the Throne. 

Officers and representatives. 
The M. E. Z. was pleased to make the following appointments : 

V. E. Comp. E J. Sisson, Grand 1st Assistant Sojourner. 

" Oliver Gable, " 2nd 

'« Thomas McCraken, Grand Sword Bearer. 

" Manuel Northrup, " Standard Bearer. 

" Donald Moodie, u Director of Ceremonies. 

" Alex. M. Munro, " Organist. 

11 James M. Rogerson " Pursuivant. 

" James Seymour, ^ 

" Geor S e En Ear1 ' I « Stewards. 
" E. H. Parker, f 

G. T. Morehouse, J 

It was moved by R. E. Comp. A. A. Campbell, seconded by 
V. E. Comp. W. H. Ponton, and unanimously adopted, — 

That the sum of $800 be granted from the funds of Grand 
Chapter, to the Grand Scribe E. for his services during the past 

R. E. Comp. W. B. Simpson, gave the following notices of 
motion : — 

That the annual fee, payable to the funds of Grand Chapter 
for each member on the Register of Subordinate Chapters, 
be 12£ cents, ; also, 

To reconsider that portion of the Constitution referring to the 
balloting for candidates and the forms of application. 

The M.E. Z. appointed the following Companions a Standing 
Committee on Constitution and Regulations, viz: — R. E. Comp. 
W. C. Stephens, Thomas B. Harris, and S. B. Harman. 

The appointed Officers present were invested by the M. E. Z., 
with the collar and jewel of their office, and were proclaimed 
with the usual formalities. 


The Grand Chapter was called from labor to refreshment, to be 
present at an entertainment to be given under its patronage, and 
to meet on to-morrow, Friday, at 3, o'clock, P.M. 

Friday, 22nd February, 1861. 
The Grand Chapter resumed its sittings at 3 o'clock, P.M. 
The Grand Principals on the Throne. 
Officers and Representatives. 

It was moved by R.E. Comp. Harris, seconded by R. E. Comp. 
Thomas Duggan, and unanimously 

Resolved, — That the thanks of this Grand Chapter are due and 
are hereby tendered to the Officers and Companions of Moira 
Chapter, No. 7, Belleville, for the hospitality extended to the 
Representatives from a distance, and for the kind manner in which 
they contributed towards their comfort during the Convocation. 

The labors of Grand Chapter being ended, it was closed in 
\t form. 


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Established — A.D., 1797. 

Stated Meeting — third Tuesday in every month. 


R. E. Comp. George F. La Serre, Z 

" " JohnRobb, H 

V. " " Edward H. Parker, J 

Chas D. Macdonnell,Scribe E 

Number of Members - 54. 

Established— A. D., 1820. 

Stated Meeting— first Monday of every month. 


R. E. Comp. William Bellhouse, Z 

V. E. " James M. Rogerson, H 

» " William Irwin, J 

" John S. Henderson,Scribe E 

Number of Members 71, 

Established — A.D., 1844. 

Stated Meeting — third Friday of every month. 


E. Comp. James Moffatt, Z 

" " Alexander S. Abbott, H 

" " William Gordon, J 

" John Barry, Scribe E 

Number of Members . .43. 


Established — A.D., 1847. 

Stated Meeting — third Wednesday in Jan., April, July and Oct. 


R. E. Comp. F. Richardson, Z 

V. « «« William R. Harris, H 

" " W. G. Storm, J 

« H. P. Brumell, Scribe E 

Number of Members 110. 

Established — A.D., 1854. 

Stated Meeting — fourth Friday in Feb., May, August and Sept. 


M. E. Comp. Thompson Wilson, Z 

" " James M. Bennett, H 

" « P. J. Dunn, J 

" A. G. Smith, Scribe E 

Number of Members _ : _ . 26. 

Established — A.D., 1855. 

Stated Meeting — second Thursday of every month. 


R. E. Comp. Thos. B. Harris, Z 

V. « « M. F. Shaler, H 

" Thomas McCraken, J 

" Thos. C. Macnabb, Scribe E 

Number of Members . _* 42. 

Established — A.D., 1856. 

Stated Meeting— first Tuesday of every month. 


M. E. Comp. John C. Franck, Z 

R. " " L. H. Henderson, J 
" John A. Macinness, Scribe E 
Number of Members __ 47. 


Established — A.D., 1857. 

Stated Meeting — -first Friday of every month, 


R. E. Comp. Kivas Tully, Z 

V. " " A. M. Munro, H 

" " " Oliver Gable. J 

M " " Daniel Spry, ' Scribe E 

Number of Members _. 71. 


Established — A.D., 1858. 

Stated Meeting — Tuesday on or before full moon, iu March, June, 
September and December. 
R. E. Comp. Elisha Gustin, Z 
« W.B.Colby, H 
" " L. R. Robinson, J 
" C. H. Kathan, Scribe E 
Number of Members , 23. 

Established — A.D., 1858. 

Stated Meeting — -first Monday in February, May, Aug., and Nov. 

R. E. Comp. William Daniel, Z^ 

W. G. Chambers, Scribe E 
Number of Members __ 20. 

No Ret'n. 

Established, A.D., 1859. 

Stated Meeting — first Monday of every month. 


R. E. Comp. W. J. Spicer, Z 

" Thomas Boddy, H J- No Ret'n. 

" " Edwin Watson, J 


Established, A.D., 1850. — Affiliated, 1859. 

Stated Meeting — second Monday in February, May, August 
and November. 


E. Comp. Francis Milo, Z 

V. " " Edward J. Barker, H 

" " Henry Durable, J 

" T. Summerville, Scribe E 

Number of Members , 18. 

Established, A.D., 1854. Affiliated, 1859. 

Stated Meeting — second Thursday in Jan., April, July and October. 


R. E. Comp. Richard Pope, Z 

" " Alexander Duncan, H 

" " Thomas Lambert, J 

" James Hay, Scribe E 

Number of Members .__ _ 52. 

Established, A.D., 1859. 

Stated Meeting — Tuesday preceding full moon of every month. 


E. Comp. David Brown, Z ) 
" " Rev. Joseph Scott, H [• No Ret'n. 
" " William M. Pattison, . J ) 
Number of Members*. ., 12. 


Established, — A.D., 1859. 

Stated Meeting — second Friday in Jarfy. April, July and Oct. 


V. E. Comp. George Maseon, Z 

" William P. Vidal, H 

« " William Burness, J 

" H. D. Stewart, Scribe E 

Number of Members . _ _ . 17. 



Established, — A.D., 1859. 

Stated Meeting — second Wednesday in March, June, Sej)t, and Dec. 


V. E. Comp. Manuel Northrup, Z 

" " James Wilson, H 

" " James Salmon, J 

" Donald M. Grant, Scribe E 

Number of Members 39. 



Established — A.D., I860. 

Stated Meeting— first Thursday of every month. 


R. E.Comp. H. L. Robinson, Z 

" « J. M. Clarke, H 

" " M. Mitchell, J 

" A. K. Laviscount, Scribe E 

Number of Members — 19. 

Established — A.D., 1860. 

Stated Meeting— first Friday of every month. 


R. E.Comp. George W. Whitehead, Z 
" " R. A. Woodcock, H 
" " Burton Bennett, J 
Number of Members 17 


Established — A.D., 1861. 


V. E. Comp. James Seymour, Z 

" " Edwin Goodman, H 

" " Charles Peters Camp, J 

" Theophilus Mack, Scribe E 


Established — A.D., 1861. 


V. E. Comp. David Curtis, Jun. Z 

" " Arunah Huntington, H 

" Edward R. Sullivan, J 

Established — A.D., 1861. 

Stated Meetings — third Thursday in Feb., May, Aug., and Nov. 


R. E. Comp. A. Bernard, Z 

" " John Helder Isaacson, H 
" " Lawrence L. Levey, J 



M. E. Comp. John Charles Franck, Grand Z. 























































Edwin Heathfield, 
William B. Simpson, 
Thomas Bird Harris, 
George W. Whitehead, 
Thomas J. Angel, 
David Curtis, Jun'r 
L. H. Henderson, 
E. J. Sisson, 
Oliver Gable, 
Thomas McCraken, 
Manuel Northrup, 
Donald Moodie, 
Alex. M. Munro, 
James M. Rogerson, 
James Seymour, ^| 
Geo. En Earl, i 

E. H. Parker, J 

G. T. Morehouse, J 
Thos. C. Mullin, 

" H. 

" J. 

" Scribe E. 

u N ^ 

" Principal Sojourner. 

" Treasurer. 

" Registrar. 

" First Ass't. Sojourner. 

" Second " " 

" Sword Bearer. 

" Standard Bearer. 

" Dir. of Ceremonies. 

11 Organist. 

" Pursuivant. 

" Stewards. 

" Janitor. 


M. E. Comp. Thompson Wilson, 
R. " " Thomas Duggan, 
h u « Francis Richardson, 
« " « George F. La Serre, 

London District. 
Hamilton " 
Toronto " 
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England Wm. Grey Clarke .. London. 

Scotland L. Mackersy Edinburgh. 

Ireland Hon. Geo. Handcock. Dublin. 

Alabama Daniel Say re Montgomery. 

Arkansas James W. Finley Little Rock. 

California L. C. Owens San Francisco. 

Canada Thos. B. Harris. Hamilton. 

Connecticut E. G. Storer _ . _ ... New Haven. 

Florida L John B. Taylor ..... Tallahassee. 

Georgia . B.B.Russell Augusta. 

Indiana Francis King Indianapolis. 

Illinois H. G. Reynolds „. Springfield. 

Iowa W. B. Langridge Muscatine. 

Kentucky P. Swiger t Frankfort. 

Louisiana Samuel G. Risk New Orleans. 

Maine Ira Berry Portland. 

Maryland A. Morris Smith Washington. 

Massachusetts Thos. Waterman Boston . 

Michigan J. Eastman Johnson. White Pigeon. 

Minnesota A. T. C Pierson ... St. Paul's. 

Mississippi R. W. T. Daniel Jackson. 

Missouri . A. O'Sullivan . . . St. Louis. 

New Hampshire Horace Chase Hopkinton. 

New York J.O.Cole Albany. 

New Jersey J. Woolverton Trenton. 

North Carolina Thomas B. Carr Wilmington. 

Ohio John D. Caldwell Cincinnati. 

Pennsylvania Wm. H. Adams Philadelphia. 

Rhode Island Samuel B. Swan Providence. 

South Carolina E. Thayer Charleston. 

Tennessee C. A. Fuller Nashville. 

Texas A. S. Ruthven Galveston. 

Vermont John B. Hollenbeck . Burlington. 

Virginia John Dove Richmond. 

Wisconsin W. T. Palmer Milwaukee. 

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